Recently Discovered Tomb in Egypt Still Bursting With Color After 4,300 Years

Archaeologists made an astounding find earlier this year in Egypt. A tomb of a Fifth Dynasty official has been unearthed and, not only is the interior still colorful, but the adornments and inscriptions are well-preserved.

According to The Times of Israel, the tomb is located near Saqqara, a metropolis near Cairo. It belongs to a senior official named Khuwy, who is believed to have been a nobleman. He and his family were a part of the Fifth Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt 4,300 years ago.

Mohamed Megahed, head of the excavation team, explained in an antiquities ministry statement that the “L-shaped Khuwy tomb starts with a small corridor heading downwards into an antechamber and from there a larger chamber with painted reliefs depicting the tomb owner seated at an offerings table.”

The tomb was discovered in March 2019 and was only recently unveiled to the public.

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Reportedly, several tombs related to the Fifth Dynasty have been discovered in recent months. For instance, archeologists recently found an inscription on a granite column dedicated to Queen Setibhor. She is believed to have been the wife of King Djedkare Isesis, the eighth king of the dynasty.

According to reports, Egypt has dedicated extra effort to promoting archaeological discoveries across the country. The hope is to revive tourism that took a hit from the turmoil in the country that began in 2011. If these recent revelations have inspired you to someday visit the country, perhaps the tactic is working.

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